Here’s a bit of what we’ve been up to the past couple of days…
1. We’re reading the Felicity books to go along with our unit study on the Revolutionary War.
2. Victoria and I researched opossums for her opossum lapbook. Did you know they’re North America’s only marsupial and they help homeowners?
Opossums help maintain a clean and healthy environment. They eat all types of insects including cockroaches, crickets, beetles, etc. They catch and eat rats and mice. They consume dead animals of all types. They like overripe fruit, berries and grapes that have fallen to the ground and they think that snails and slugs are a delicacy. They are one of the few animals that regularly prey on shrews and moles. They are known as “Nature’s Little Sanitation Engineers!
They also move on from each site after a couple of days, so they clean up the place and then go on to the next neighborhood!
3. We’re all making Alex a lapbook about colors. He loves to name colors and we found out today that he adores lapbooks (especially flaps and things) so we’re helping him make his very first lapbook.
4. Daryl has been teaching Anna more guitar chords and has been giving Jack some easy lessons.
5. The girls did practice standardized math tests and we talked about new concepts on them like right angles and obtuse angles for Anna.
6. Victoria and I played “Scrambled States of America.”
7. Jack, Anna and Victoria played “Are Your Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” That game is excellent at sneaky homeschooling, by the way!
8. Anna, Victoria and I played “Apples to Apples.” That game is not so good at sneaky homeschooling but is very good for silly fun. Quick, convince me which one of these goes best with “lucky” — swamps, Superman or science tests?
9. Jack has been researching insects and making a lapbook about those.
10. Anna is reading a book about famous magicians and doing a lapbook about those. Yes, can you tell I posted a lapbooking article today and got out our old ones for pictures? 🙂 You can read it and see a slide show of some of our favorites here.
And now, I have to check on our breadsticks and break up a fight… I mean, teach some mediation skills. 😉